Kathleen Gagan talks about different peony forms, shows how to select and plant peony roots, and gives growing tips.While the beauty and elegance of peonies could seem intimidating to a novice gardener, caring for them is much simpler than you might think.
Zebra Hollyhocks are perennials that bloom all summer long. They are easy to grow, self seed, are drought tolerant, and attract butterflies. They grow in sun to part shade and get 2-4' tall. Great for perennial beds, cottage gardens, borders, and rock gardens. Zones 4-8
Echinacea Supreme Cantaloupe - This ambitious coneflower blooms nonstop all summer and into fall, enticing butterflies and bees. The seed heads are also attractive to finches that feed on them during the winter. Coneflowers are American natives; they are deer-resistant and one of the easiest plants to grow. Name: Echinacea 'Supreme Cantaloupe' Growing Conditions: Full sun Size: To 30 inches tall and 24 inches wide Zones: 5-9 Grow It With: Russian sage
Soapwort - Saponaria officinalis A cinch to grow. Features clusters of phlox-like pink, purple, or white flowers in summer and fall. Full sun and well-drained soil. To 2 feet tall and wide. Grow with Yarrow; both are low-care, sun-loving perennials. Zones 3-9
Columbine-best plants for cottage gardens Easy to grow and beautiful, columbine blooms in spring and early summer. The colorful blooms are loved by hummingbirds and gardeners alike. Name: Aquilegia varieties Growing conditions: Part shade and well-drained soil Height: To 3 feet tall Zones: 3-9, depending on variety More on Growing Columbine